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Biography of feminist journalist, Margaret Fuller.

Writer, teacher, and outspoken feminist, Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was a dynamic presence in American intellectual life. In this new biography, Joan van Mehren makes use of a wealth of new material to provide a sensitive portrait of Fuller's evolution as a woman and a writer.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fuller (1810-1850), a journalist, critic and author of a pioneering treatise on women's rights (Women in the Nineteenth Century), is accorded a preeminent place in American intellectual history in this carefully researched, important study. Von Mehren, a freelance writer-scholar, details Fuller's evolution from child prodigy to leading New England intellectual. Her friendship with Ralph Waldo Emerson led to a position editing and writing literary criticism for the Dial, a transcendentalist journal. In 1840, she led a series of renowned ``conversations'' between influential Boston women on philosophical topics. In 1844, Fuller moved to New York City and became the first woman to write for Horace Greeley's Tribune. Greeley sent her to Europe, where she reported on the Italian revolution of 1845. Overcoming earlier disappointments in love, Fuller married Giovanni Ossoli, an Italian with whom she had a child. All three died tragically in a shipwreck off Fire Island while returning to the U.S. Photos. (Jan.)
Writer, teacher, and outspoken feminist, Fuller (1810-1850) was a dynamic presence in American intellectual life through her work as the editor of The Dial, the first woman journalist for the New York Tribune, author of the influential Woman in the 19th Century, and her relationships with Emerson, Thoreau, Sand, and others. Her biography follows her on her journey through Boston's social and intellectual circles, New York's literary world, to Rome as an expatriate journalist, and to her untimely demise in a shipwreck at age 40. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558490154
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/1996
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Margaret Fuller: Should She Be Famous? 1
1 The Protected Years 6
2 A Varied Education 24
3 An Unfavorable Turn 38
4 Vain World Begone 54
5 A Trial to Fortitude 72
6 Schoolkeeping in Providence 90
7 Episodes in the Crusade 104
8 The Dial: Discontent and Freedom 120
9 A Sojourner on Earth 137
10 Marriage Studies 152
11 "The Great Lawsuit" 162
12 Summer on the Lakes 172
13 Woman in the Nineteenth Century 189
14 Mary and Horace Greeley 200
15 James Nathan 208
16 New York, 1845-1846 216
17 England and Scotland 230
18 France 241
19 Italy at Last 252
20 Return to Rome 264
21 1848: On Her Own 276
22 The Roman Republic 289
23 Siege and Escape 303
24 Florence 318
25 Return 333
26 Aftermath and Debate 340
Notes 353
Index 387
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